The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has completed a draft swine sector review of Jamaica's pig industry with up-to-date information on the status of the sector to provide guidance for planning, development and execution of policies and programmes islandwide.
According to Dr Cedric Lazarus, FAO subregional livestock development officer for the Caribbean, the 10-chapter document includes background information on input delivery systems, the market chain, production systems, environmental and animal health issues, among other factors.
He told the recent Jamaica Pig Farmers Association (JPFA) annual general meeting at the Golf View Hotel in Mandeville, Manchester, that the review is intended in national development planning and forms part of an undertaking by the FAO in four Caribbean countries, the other three being Barbados, St Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago.
The document, copies of which were presented to the JPFA executive, is also being made available to the Government, and on completion of the JPFA's review, which should be completed by year-end, the FAO will seek the Government's validation and approval of the document, before making it accessible to the general public. Barbadian consultant, Gerry Thomas, who conducted reviews in all four countries where the exercise was done, visited about 10 farms across Jamaica.